Ishta’s Companion/Relics of War: Progress Report Eighteen

Chapter Eighteen of Relics of War, a.k.a. Ishta’s Companion, has now been posted. I’m actually still $1.04 short, but there’s no point in being obsessive about it.

I’ve also posted an announcement concerning the serial.

The first draft is completely written; it runs twenty-four chapters and a brief epilogue, totaling 73,115 words. I haven’t started the second draft yet; been busy with non-writing stuff.

Can’t think of anything else that needs mentioning. Thanks to everyone who’s donated!

4 Responses to “Ishta’s Companion/Relics of War: Progress Report Eighteen”

  1. Bj Says:

    Thank you for writing Relics of War. I enjoyed it.

    While the style easily recognizable as a LWE novel, your plots seem to be veering away from swashbuckler action (attacking dragons!) and more towards “why?” (where did all the Northern Equipment Caches go?). As a fan of yours, a GM and a video game modder, I found it especially rich.

    Do you think you are delving into the details more because those are the only stories left to tell? “why?” requires more set up than swashbuckler action? or is your other writing is satisfying your need to write swashbucker action?

  2. Lawrence Watt-Evans Says:

    I think maybe I’m not writing as much action because I’m not as active as I used to be; with the kids out of the house and me getting older, I tend toward more cerebral activities, and I suspect my fiction reflects that.

    Actually, I’d very much like to get back to more derring-do.

    And of course, this novel was outlined back in 1985, and Del Rey passed on it, asking me to write The Unwilling Warlord instead, because this one had so little action.

  3. Konrad Says:

    Found a typo. It’s in a chapter that’s not posted yet, so I’m commenting here where you say it’s finished.

    You’re missing a word in chapter 23:
    “ Why would they him?” Garander asked. “They were trying to hirehim!”

    (That’s the only use of “hire” in that chapter, so it’s easy to search for.)

  4. Lawrence Watt-Evans Says:

    Thanks.

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